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Educator brings breach of contract suit against private Jewish school

By John Suayan | May 30, 2017

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HOUSTON – Harris County resident Helen Lubel has pursued legal action against private Jewish school over an alleged breach in contract.

In a lawsuit filed against Robert M. Beren Academy on May 26 in the Harris County 157th District Court, Lubel says the school purported to accept a resignation from her though she did not tender said resignation.

The suit asserts Lubel, who served as Beren’s Lower School General Studies Principal from August 2006 to last Mar. 24, experienced mistreatment from Aharoni Carmel, her supervisor and the school’s headmaster.

Lubel unsuccessfully reported Carmel’s actions to Beren’s board president, per recent court documents.

On what was reportedly her last day of employment, the suit says, Carmel berated the plaintiff in her office, to which she blurted out how she could not “take it anymore” as he left.

The complaint further explains that Lubel received an e-mail from Carmel saying he was accepting her resignation, countering the former did not announce an intent to resign.

According to Lubel, she regretted her remark to Carmel and sought to continue working for Beren. The institution, however, failed to realize that the complainant did not tender a resignation and has failed to pay her the balance due and owing under the employment agreement, the original petition says.

The suit additionally alleges that Carmel, who is a co-defendant in the case, told others disparaging things about Lubel.

A jury trial is requested.

Attorneys Gregg M. Rosenberg and Melissa A. Fuller of the law firm Rosenberg Sprovach in Houston are representing Lubel.

Harris County 157th District Court Case No. 2017-35543

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